Electoral College 2001 Contest Results

Mount Rushmore Int'l Contest
Inspired by Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
Prizes: Mt. Rushmore 50th Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamp Posters
Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln
Presidents with Visions for America ...and the World

If they could speak today, what would they say about
the
electoral college method of choosing presidents.

The Contest closed Feb. 28, 2001.
This is the entry form that was used.
"I, President
(choose one)

Washington

Jefferson

Lincoln

T. Roosevelt

would
(choose one)
retain
modify
abolish
the electoral college.
(In 75 words or fewer, prose or poetry,
explain your choice as if the president were speaking.
Winners
(Winners are posted for all three categories)

Retain

Roosevelt

America is a democratic republic. By definition, a democracy is government rulings by the common man. A republic is when power is given to the people and exercised by elected representatives. In order to maintain a "democratic republic", we cannot get rid of the eletoral college. The electoral college is a way for the a democracy and a republic to come together as a democratic republic as America has been able to do.

Angela Burley, Virginia Beach, VA, Salem High, Grade 11

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Just because there were voting problems,
it's the electoral college the rest of the nation condemns.
The country needs to fix a lot,
the dimpled chads, and all that rot,
but our system of determining the winner is fair,
a fact which the loser shall have to bear.
The electoral college was a bully system in my day,
and with properly held elections, it will stay that way.

Liz Fink, Huntington, New York, Harborfields High School, Grade 10

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Washington

We debated a social contract in the Constitutional Conventions, and we discussed presidential election at length. We struck a compromise balancing the rights of the states, whose ratification we needed, with those of individual electors. Our invention worked and still works. Without the electoral college in the year 2000, you would still be counting. But the government we delivered requires responsible citizenship. Don't scapegoat the Constitution. Accept responsibility, and perhaps you can reclaim your republic.

Stephen Fournier, Hartford, Connecticut

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Jefferson

It is essential for the public interest to preserve a method of selecting the Executive in such honest fashion that he shall be duty bound to no man, to no politic, and that the Executive must be of such broad talent and experience as to rise above the low arts of popularity and persuasion. There is within me a sublime desire to witness the evolution of our nation in the able hands of good men.

Christopher Koceja, East Troy, ?

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Lincoln

The electoral college is fine by me,
They voted me in so it's good you see.
If smaller states don't get a say,
They'll shout out loud "no way, no way"
So the college does fine, it's those southerners who
don't count as well as we used to do.

Lukas Wales, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England

Modify

Roosevelt

A dark brooding cloud of despondence has engulfed this nation's electoral process, and we as Americans must transcend this ineptitude of quasi-chad punching, in order to transmogrify this pungent, intrinsic feeling of incompetence which has recently plagued our past election. Simplicity is the mark of a great mind minimalism is the mark of a great nation.

Let us cast aside this complicated system of casting ballots, and let us embrace a more straight-forward system.

David M. Evans, San Antonio, TX, Judson Senior High School, Grade 12

Abolish

Lincoln

What College is this, without a school?
Voter abyss, or election Tool?
Presidents made, at what cost?
Trust we trade, our vote gets lost!

My ballot should count, for whom I require.
Not to mount, the state's desire.
Needn't be, an electoral crew,
We have me, and you & you.

Let me choose, who gets my yea.
Win or lose, I've had my say.
Our system needs, to be polished
Electoral College, should be abolished!

Paul Thurman, Zeeland, Michigan

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Washington

As our technology advances greatly into our new millenium, we, as Americans our now greatly educated about the process of electing our representitives. When we wrote our constitution, we knew that our people were not educated enough in politics to vote, but now there is no need for such an antidiluvian process of an electoral college.

Michael Sanislo, Philadelphia, PA, Northeast High School: Grade 10

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I wish to speak out against the Electoral College. The College, though it has outlived the Founding Fathers by more than 200 years, is no longer capable of governing our voting system. Who we vote for as our president should be the people's choice. Yet, as we all know, the current president did not gain the favor of the majority of voters. The College does not reflect the people's will therefore, it should be abolished.

Kelvin Ho, Hong Kong, Diocesan Boys' School, Grade 8